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RFA ORANGELEAF

Plymouth Sound, Sep 2007

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I recall on Her, If one was unlucky enough to be on watch whilst entering or leaving harbour!. I used to try and grab the wheel, if I wasn't quick enough I'd be lookout which in actual fact became Engine movements, helm orders, courses and depth log, also engine controls. Not all that straight forward with two engines coupled to a single variable pitch propeller. All done by degrees of pitch and time lapses (nightmare). To this day I'll never understand how AB's got Lumbered with Engine Movements. Perhaps Captain Shaun can put Me straight on that. Also bearing in mind the bridge on an RFA during Harbour stations is nearly full to the brim with personnel.
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I am slightly confused by your post Tony. The four Leaf Class were built by Cammell Laird with two Pielsticks coupled to a single shaft.

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Some RFAs may have been able to field the first eleven at stations but surely not Leaf boats! It was called delegation and "broadening your horizons".
On LSLs even Doctors were given the engine controls and sometimes even ROs could be winkled out of the shack to keep the movement book.
 

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2 shafts? Standby AB (SG1A in new money) doing the Movements Book is a standard task and has been for many a year. Brimming with people on the Bridge? Times have changed and we use All the Team to do a good job
 

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My mistake Fred, I have ammended My Post. I wasn't having a moan Lads. I just wondered how it all came about. Lancastrian, On the "Percy" I think the SWO did the Engine Controls. I can't remember the CR's doing the Movements log. I don't think the Stand-by man does either during a RAS do they Shaun?.
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Strawbs not during a RAS. BAY Class do all RAS'ing in Auto and so the standby man has more of a roving role now.

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While serving in Percy and Tristram with the late Captain Maurice Salt, I was frequently "winkled out" of the shack to do the movement book!
 

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Do you still enter all Engine Movements in the bell book in the RFA? Don't you have an electronic engine movement recorder/printer?
 

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Ease to 10.........It is the lowest form of wit after all!!! We would dearly love to ditch such things in the RFA but find little support from outside agencies. Some of our ships are still "manualmatic" and so I guess that the movements book will last for a few years. Also it acts as a safety net for those "amazing system faults" and "inadvertent loss of records" when something goes wrong!!
 

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Stirring, me? LOL
I take it the Bays have all the gear? My mate on the Lyme took me round her in Govan, however at the time there was still a fair bit of outfitting to do on the bridge, although it did look quite impressive. He was on the Gold last trip (bit of a difference!) and I think it's the first time most of the Deck Department had sailed with an IBS. In fact, I think they were all sent to Rotterdam(?) for some course regarding its operation.
Not sure I fancied the lime green though!
Still, just wait till you get your MARS ships, they should be all singing and all dancing!
 

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